Advice on First Backyard Pond Build

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I am planning my first in-ground pond! I have a few small container ponds around my yard but I've always wanted a pond I could actually get in and enjoy. So here we are.

The dimensions will be 18 feet at the longest point, and 11 feet across at the widest point. I'm planning a jelly-bean shape. I will have a shelf at 18 inches, with an 18 inch width. The max depth will be 4 feet.

The idea is to have a bog filter on the shelf in the pond at the south end. I want to pump water from the bog filter to a small stream at the north end of the pond that will form a waterfall into the pond for aeration.

I do not want fish in this pond, but I will have native plants in it.

Would it make sense to use an above-ground pool filter to pump the water from the bog up to the stream? This will basically be a pool for me, and they are less expensive than pond pumps, so that's what I'm leaning towards.

Does having the bog filter on the shelf in the pond make sense? I'm toying with the idea of building up a weir to separate it from the rest of the pond.

I have been obsessing and researching this for months, but I am currently overwhelmed. The more videos I watch and the more I read, the more ideas I get and continue to put this off :(
I have my liner and underlayment, and the area will get morning sun and afternoon shade.
Located in zone 7 in the US
 

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